By DOUGLAS OLSON
|If you find this article to be interesting, please send a donation of $3 to TLD. More information appears below.|
Because it abandoned any pretense of freedom in favor of socialism in the
1940s and '50s, our mother country is at least a full generation farther
along the road to ruin than the United States. Here are some frightful recent
examples of the "nanny state" in action:
Innocence is no excuse!
A college student celebrating his 18th birthday discovered a cell phone
lying on the street. Turning it in to Merseyside police, Paul Leicester was
Charges were eventually dropped, but Leicester learned a valuable lesson: "I
would not go to the police in the future," he told the Daily
Feel safer now?
The United Kingdom's first national identification cards, complete with encoded fingerprints and biometric data, were issued last November to foreign students and the foreign spouses of Brits but the island had not a single scanner capable of reading them! Authorities could only visually check the cards and call a telephone hotline if they suspected something was amiss.
Police in Norfolk spent £35,000 (more than $50,000) last year to revise the department's official logo and replace the previous version. In fact, the new logo is almost exactly identical to the old one, except that it is in black and white instead of color. (Or should we say "colour"?) Both have eight points, a crown at the top, and the words "Norfolk Constabulary" in a circle around a coat of arms. The "redesign" cost £3,000, with an additional £32,000 spent on changing signs and rebranding police cars.
Shortly before the new logo was announced, the force had been savaged for
failing to investigate more than
London police arrested a 37-year-old man last year for not paying several homosexual prostitutes after using
their services. He was charged with 17 counts, including theft and
"obtaining services by deception." And yet, confusingly enough, prostitution is still illegal.
Which way to the death camps?
One of P.M. Gordon Brown's top environmental advisors has declared that Britain must drastically reduce its population to create a "sustainable" society. Speaking at the annual conference of the crackpot Optimum Population Trust, Jonathon Porritt tried to guilt-trip his countrymen by whining that "each person in Britain has far more impact on the environment than those in developing countries, so cutting our population is one way to reduce that impact." There were, of course, no calls for the Third World to reduce its wretched masses.
Porritt called for reducing the island's population from its current
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas agreed with this foolishness: "You can't
have sustainability with an increase in population." But nobody dared even
to think that reducing the nation's massive nonwhite immigration inflow
might help, especially since they have many more children than native Brits.
The "c" word
Last year, a 15-year-old in London was notified of the Crown's intent to prosecute because he refused police orders to remove a sign reading: "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult" during a public demonstration. (Charges were later dropped.) Similar placards using the "c" word were also banned during an event in Glasgow the following month. An anti-Scientology "human rights" group called Anonymous vows to fight for its freedom of speech.
A police spokeswoman told the Sunday Herald, "The word is not a breach of the peace in itself. However, in this case it was exacerbating the situation and our stance was that we had to remove that." According to the Herald, police no longer refer to the powerful cult as a "cult" after receiving "a complaint" about the word.
Author Tom Wolfe anticipated this situation years ago, when he observed,
"A cult is a religion with no political power." Under that definition,
Scientology is certainly not a cult any longer.
Some are more equal
The never-ending disaster that is Britain's National Health Service spent
more than £12,000 for 271 private physiotherapy treatments
to help some of its own workers at the West Suffolk Hospital recover from
on-the-job injuries. Officials claimed it was done to protect the sheeple
from being inconvenienced by having these privileged workers put ahead of
them in the socialized health-care queue. "We are currently looking at
whether it would be cost-effective to extend the [non-NHS] service to offer
different types of rehabilitation to staff," declared a hospital
spokeswoman, apparently without any intended sarcasm or
Britain's Equality and Human Rights Commission wants fathers to have
extensive time off from work following the birth of a child. The
commission's scheme would expand the mother's time off to six months, at
The proposal has not been accepted by the government, although it would
cost "only" an estimated
Department of Future Crimes
Scotland Yard's director of forensic sciences wants primary school kids as young as 5 included in the national DNA database if they "exhibit behavior indicating they may become criminals in later life," says The Observer.
"If we have a primary means of identifying people before they offend, then in the long term, the benefits of targeting younger people are extremely large," declared Gary Pugh in 2008. "You could argue the younger, the better.... We have to find who are possibly going to be the biggest threat to society."
He cited only two obstacles to inclusion of the entire population in the DNA database: cost and logistics. Britain has already overcome any "human rights" or privacy arguments: "We have children giving their fingerprints when they are borrowing books from a library," Pugh boasted.
The most rational and effective method of predicting criminal behavior is
banned in Britain, as it is in America, because it is considered "racial
In March, the nanny state sent a stern letter to the parents of Megan Gillan,
15, demanding that she improve her attendance or be barred from attending
the end-of-the-year prom. The only problem is that Megan had been found
dead in her bedroom on
Diversity is dangerous
British fire chiefs have authorized the wearing of turbans and hijabs, as
well as full-length skirts and maternity clothing, as part of the official
fire department uniform. That idiocy is attributed to the demand for
"diversity," under the theory that it will encourage more ethnic minorities and women to join fire brigades.
Only five of 44 Church of England bishops backed a proposal to ring church
bells in celebration of
As one way of compensating for a miserable job and an equally miserable wage, British officials in charge of keeping the masses pacified have come up with a marvelous array of over-the-top titles for drudgework. Just a few examples:
Petroleum Transfer Engineers = gasoline pumpers
Transparency Enhancement Facilitators = window washers
Mass Production Engineers = factory workers
Mobile Sustenance Facilitators = fast-food restaurant workers
Vehicle Restoration Engineers = people who beat the dents out of cars
And my personal favorite:
Gastronomical Hygiene Technicians = dish washers.
October 15, 2009
© 2009 WTM Enterprises. All rights reserved.
Douglas Olson contents page.
If you found this article to be interesting, please donate at least $3 to our cause. You should make your check or m.o. payable in U.S. dollars to WTM Enterprises and send it to:
P.O. Box 224
Roanoke, IN 46783
Thanks for helping to assure a future for TLD!
Notice to visitors who came straight to this document from off site: You are deep in The Last Ditch. Please have a look at our home page and table of contents.